Attractively located between Folkestone and Hythe, the charming coastal village of Sandgate is worth much more than a passing visit. A few minutes journey from both towns by car or bus - or an easy seafront walk or cycle ride - you'll find beaches with long views over the Channel, a High Street famous for antiques and collectables, a wonderful selection of inns and restaurants, including traditional fish and chips, as well as small independent shops.
Although small - the parish boundary spans two miles of coast and extends inland up steep wooded hills - Sandgate has a fascinating history which embraces the times of Henry VIII, smugglers, the threat of Napolionic invasion and vital military roles in two world wars. Social reformers and celebrities of literature and the arts have made their home in the village.
Sandgate Sea Festival and other outdoor events are great attractions. Venues for concerts and shows are the Pavillion (just off the High Street in the grounds of the headquarters of travel and insurance specialists SAGA), the Tower Theatre in nearby Schorncliffe and the Chichester Memorial Hall.
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